The Pisgah National Forest also offers a variety of hiking locations to get your blood pumping and bring your family together for a day of fun and spectacular views!
Check out just a few of the many hiking trails available at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park below.
- Shining Rock: Shining Rock, named for the white quartzite rock that it is composed of, is 18,500 acres. Established in 1964, it was an original component of the National Wilderness System and is the largest wilderness area in North Carolina. Three main trails are access points into the Shining Rock Wilderness: The Art Loeb, Ivestor Gap, and the trail at the base of Cold Mountain.
- Directions from Lake Junaluska: (Approximately 19.3 miles; about 42 minutes)
- Cold Mountain: Located with the Shining Rock Wilderness, Cold Mountain is an intense 10.6-mile roundtrip into the heart of the wilderness. Conveniently located about 35 minutes from Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center.
- Directions from Lake Junaluska: (Approximately 21.4 miles; about 33 minutes)
- Linville Gorge: Linville Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of North Carolina, was first deisgnated a wild area in 1951 by the Chief of the Forest Service. Rich of plant and animal life, the Gorge is a gorgeous place to hike. Although the terrain is rugged, the views and the isolation are well worth the work.
- Directions from Lake Junaluska: (Approximately 31.9 miles; about 36 minutes)
- Grandfather Mountain: Although Grandfather Mountain is almost 2 hours away from Lake Junaluska, it would make a wonderful all day excursion. With wildlife habitats that include otters, bears, and more, plus the mile-high swinging bridge, nature walks and hiking trails, Grandfather Mountain will have something for everyone in your party.
- Directions from Lake Junaluska (Approximately 100 miles; about 2 hours)